Full Time Property Commercial & Residential Solicitor

This well-established, modern, and forward-thinking London-based law firm is currently seeking a Commercial and Residential Property Solicitor in its busy and expanding team and operations, working remotely and from our office hub in Islington.

Are you a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and highly motivated individual with over 4-years’ post-qualification experience, looking for an opportunity to develop your own professional practice whilst playing a key organisational role in this highly regarded and rapidly expanding law firm?

As our reputation continues to grow apace, so does the scope of our work and our client base. We now have an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to lead on a variety of interesting commercial and residential property projects and transactions.

Gillen De Alwis Solicitors welcomes applications from highly organised, assiduous, and spirited legal practitioners who see themselves leading a varied case load comprising both commercial and residential portfolios. We are looking for someone who demonstrates the utmost professionalism in their relationships with our clients, and who can set a benchmark standard of rigour and legal knowhow in all the work they undertake, who is committed to delivering genuine client satisfaction, and who will regularly go beyond in terms of growing the profile and reputation of the firm.

In this role, it is vital that you demonstrate high levels of professional independence and an ability to oversee and manage the day to day running of a large and varied caseload both positively and purposefully, effecting change where necessary and without a need for close supervision.

You will:

  • be commercially driven, fully accountable for your own matters and appreciate that integrity sits squarely at the heart of our business.
  • be a team player, you will be happy to roll-up your sleeves and get stuck in across the firm, not simply within your Real Estate remit.
  • have at least 4 PQE, with no upper limit on your level of experience.
  • have strong commercial property experience, which will include acquisitions, disposals, and landlord & tenant.
  • be able to develop your own personal, professional network in an environment with stakeholders both in the property market and wider business community of North London.
  • be seeking genuine career progression and a competitive salary package.

We are determined to do things differently for the benefit of our clients and our people. 

The company can offer a great work-life balance, together with a friendly, supportive, and collegiate office environment. We would consider part-time or flexible working, if you are the right candidate for the role, and are committed to building on successful and effective remote working practices, combined with the flexibility to operate out of our office hub In Islington, North London, as required.

Competitive salary based on experience.

If you think this is for you and you would like to learn more, then click the link below for more information and how to apply. All candidates that we are interested in will receive a pre-screening call to undertake an initial assessment with us.

Job Description

 Job Title: Property Commercial & Residential Solicitor  Experience: 4 years + PQE
 Department: Real Estate  Reports to: Director

 Purpose of the Role/The person 

  • Undertake fee earning work in the commercial and residential sale and purchase department and to administer all aspects of conveyancing work on behalf of the client and the firm.
  • Manage and lead your own caseload within high volume excellent quality conveyancing.
  • Utilise your entrepreneurial flair and enthusiasm for business development to consistently meet internal standards and targets set by the business.
  • Be professionally qualified and experienced Solicitor/Licenced Conveyancer with at least 4 years PQE, capable of working unsupervised, confident, and a leader in the work you are undertaking.
  • Have an existing professional network in north London

 Key Accountabilities  

  • Undertake all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing and property work.
  • Be a motivational leader, able to support and develop your skills and others.
  • Provide clear entrepreneurial vision and direction to colleagues and lead by example.
  • Utilise strong IT skills and be able to manage time and workload well under pressure to deadlines.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, both written and oral.
  • Create, maintain and develop effective relationships with clients and other stakeholders to engender trust and confidence.
  • Deliver an excellent quality of service to all clients and stakeholders in a professional and timely manner.
  • Be a team player, able to motivate, coach and inspire others.
  • Have an exemplary attention to detail.
  • Have a positive, supportive and approachable manner that engenders trust and confidence.
  • Have an understanding and can use social media platforms to build personal, departmental and firm profile and professional networks. e.g. LinkedIn

The above list of duties is not exhaustive and is subject to change.  The post holder may be required to undertake other duties.

Working relationships

Director – The Director oversees the work of the team and works with the postholder as a Conveyancer within the team if required. You will be required to attend a one of one monthly meeting with the Director (your manager), this will give you and your Manager the opportunity to talk over any matters or developments which may affect you.

Clients and referrers – You will have daily contact with clients, referrers and third parties e.g. suppliers and virtual members of the team. You will also have contact with clients with whom we have working relationships, you will be expected to act in a way which upholds these relationships, and which conforms to any service level agreement we may have with a particular client.

Person Specification

 Essential Desirable


  • Solicitor with 4 years PQE

4 years PQE preferred however someone with a proven track record and strong experience will be considered


All aspects of commercial, residential and lending property work



  • Able to prioritise work in order to manage your caseload efficiently 
  • Able to motivate, lead, coach and develop others and the department.
  • Organisational and management skills
  • Able to demonstrate entrepreneurial vision and business drive
  • IT literate
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Client focussed

Experience of case management systems, in particular LEAP, Perfect Portal, InfoTrack, ECos preferable but not essential as training will be provided. 


  • Experience of leading and managing a high volume and varied caseload to an excellent standard, for both residential and commercial property transactions without supervision
  • Successful at creating and maintaining effective partnerships with clients and third parties
  • Proven track record in business development, building a network of clients and referrers and able to demonstrate track record of acquiring/driving new business opportunities

Personal Attributes

  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Commercial acumen & business development drive
  • Passionate, dynamic and highly motivated
  • A ‘can do’ attitude
  • Positive, hardworking attitude
  • Inspires loyalty and confidence
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Resilient and innovative
  • High expectations and commitment to continual professional improvement
  • Personal accountability
  • Belief in the importance of community.

Applications no later than 28th June 2021

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